The Christmas tree from The Royal Ballet's The Nutcracker. Photo by Johan Persson

I’m really quite excited about this festive season. And I’m not just talking about the champagne & oysters, mulled wine & all-day lunches, it’s totally about the party outfits as well!

Photo: The Christmas tree from The Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Credit: Johan Persson

Perhaps it’s because we are feeling the need to rally round and share some love and good cheer this year. In any case, as regular readers of this blog and fans of my Facebook page  will already know, I have always been an advocate of dressing up for any occasion. In my ever-so-humble opinion, the feel-good vibes for yourself – and, curiously, of those around you! – are well worth the extra time & effort. And for a trip to the theatre, the ballet or opera, or even just a live concert, there’s really no excuse!

But why stop at ‘special’ outings? You could also buck the trend and go all out with your ensemble for a weekday lunch or Sunday brunch. When everyone is expecting some variation of jeans, tee-shirts or little black dresses, it can be super fun to add more formal footwear, evening bags and other more traditionally ‘night time’ accessories and jewellery to a casual outfit.

Let’s face it, it’s the one time of the year when you can be the star of your own Christmas story and frock up with impunity! Who knows, you might like it & be emboldened to continue your performance throughout the rest of the year.

Now if you put the most celebratory season of them all with going to see a live performance of what is arguably the most Christmassy show around – The Nutcracker Ballet* – you can imagine how it has me super inspired!

Okay so it may be the performer in me but I am getting so many ideas for party outfit themes from the over the top costumes. There’s so many different looks to choose from that could perfectly channel your party moods.

Feeling flamboyant? Go with bold, vibrant colour

Gary Avis as Drosselmeyer (c) ROH - Bill Cooper 2012

Photo: Gary Avis as Drosselmeyer (c) ROH – Bill Cooper 2012

Wanting to sparkle & shine? Glitter, metallic threads and sequins are everywhere this season

The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky, Artists of the Royal Ballet (as Snowflakes) The Royal Opera House 2009, Credit Johan Persson

Photo: The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky, Artists of the Royal Ballet (as Snowflakes) The Royal Opera House 2009, Credit Johan Persson

Or perhaps you’d rather exude peace and calm amongst the mayhem? A dreamy, floaty dress sounds perfectly angelic to me.

THE NUTCRACKER ; Music by Tchaikovsky; Alexander Campbell (as The Nutcracker) and Francesca Hayward (as Clara) ; The Royal Ballet ; At the Royal Opera House, London, UK, 2013 ; Credit: Tristram Kenton / Royal Opera House / ArenaPAL

Photo: The Nutcracker; Alexander Campbell (as The Nutcracker) and Francesca Hayward (as Clara) ; The Royal Ballet ; At the Royal Opera House, London, UK, 2013; Credit: Tristram Kenton / Royal Opera House / ArenaPAL

And if you have a few events to go to, why not try them all?! I think it would be downright churlish not to. 😉

THE NUTCRACKER; Music by Tchaikovsky; Lauren Cuthbertson (as The Sugar Plum Fairy); The Royal Ballet; At the Royal Opera House, London, UK, 2013 ; Credit: Tristram Kenton / Royal Opera House / ArenaPAL

Photo: The Nutcracker; Lauren Cuthbertson (as The Sugar Plum Fairy); The Royal Ballet; At the Royal Opera House, London, UK, 2013: Credit: Tristram Kenton / Royal Opera House / ArenaPAL

Happy festive styling!!!

*The Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker (score by Tchaikovsky) is showing during December and January at selected cinemas worldwide. For more information about live and recorded screenings you can visit the Royal Opera House website http://www.roh.org.uk/showings/the-nutcracker-live-2015 or Arts Alliance http://www.artsalliance.com/

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